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Samantha · Jan 4, 2014

HTC Desire HD Gets Sense 5.0 Port

The HTC Desire HD has quite the history. With a 4.3-inch screen on the outside and a single core 1GHz CPU on the inside, it became available all the way back in 2010, rocking some truly ancient software that'll challenge even the most studious of historians---namely Android 2.2 Froyo and HTC Sense 2.0. It was upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense 3.0, and was graciously promised by HTC an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich. Unfortunately, HTC didn't keep...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 24, 2013

Easily Dim the Capacitive Buttons on Many HTC Devices

Hardware capacitive buttons seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it affair. While many of us seem to prefer the versatility of the on-screen buttons most commonly seen on modern Nexus devices, others instead favor the increased usable screen real estate made possible by having dedicated keys outside of the display. If you happen to own an HTC device, you are probably a fan of dedicated hardware buttons. But that's not to say that you can't tweak them to make them work better...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 2, 2012

HTC Desire HD Gets Source-Built 4.2.1 ROM and Kernel

In the world of smartphones, some devices never cease to amaze us. And while it may not exactly be the HD2, the HTC Desire HD is certainly shows its lineage. HTC may have long declared end of upgrade support for this once flagship, the developer community hasn't forgotten it at all, and it has been dual booted, made to natively run Ubuntu, given the latest HTC Sense ports, and received working ICS and Jelly Bean 4.1 custom ROMs. The latest in this...

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Former Writer · Oct 26, 2012

Sense 4.1 Has Been Ported to the HTC Desire HD

With all the new devices being released, or about to be released, some might ask where the love is for older devices. OEMs haven't been the greatest when it comes to delivering updates. Even if the device is capable of running it. However, that's when the developers at XDA step in and deliver updates. The HTC Desire HD is one of those devices that just keeps on rolling. Not long ago, Sense 4.0 was more or less made stable. Now,...

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David Watt · Oct 25, 2012

PACman ROM Ported to HTC Desire S and Desire HD

We've recently posted a number of articles about a hybrid ROM known as PACman ROM. Originating on the Xperia Ray, it was later ported to the Samsung Galaxy Ace and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. PACrom is now making it's way across a number of other devices on XDA. PACman merges some of the best features from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod into one uber-featured ROM. The latest devices to receive a PACman port are the HTC Desire S and the old favorite, the HTC Desire...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Aug 19, 2012

Desire HD Kernel Fixes Camera on Sense 4 ROMs

Previously in HTC Desire HD development, there had been only one Sense 4 ROM that had camera and camcorder working. It was Virtuous ROM from XDA Recognized Developer chrisch1974. However, to use the same kernel on other Sense 4 ROMs meant losing other features such as WiFi. So, the driving attempt has been to get a kernel for the other Sense 4 ROMs so that they could have working camera and camcorder as well. Now that work has finally paid...

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David Watt · Aug 16, 2012

Desire HD Receives Ice Cream Sandwich – No Thanks to HTC

A few weeks ago, we reported on HTC's disappointing decision not to provide an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Desire HD. Not even a petition with over 15,000 signatures was enough to persuade them to change their mind. It did however, force them to release an official statement: We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision. For more background, due to...

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Former Writer · Jul 23, 2012

HTC Decides Against ICS for the Desire HD, Petition Started

For shame, HTC! Once promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC Desire HD received an update from HTC alright---just not the one everyone was expecting. On their blog, HTC has announced that they believe Desire HD users are better off without ICS. They state: After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh...

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Former Writer · Jul 22, 2012

Jelly Bean for the MyTouch 4G Slide, Desire HD, and Motorola Defy

Since its release, Jelly Bean has found it's way onto dozens of phones. This won't stop any time soon, with even the legendary CyanogenMod offering a CM10 preview. Among the newest devices to receive Jelly Bean include the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, Motorola Defy, and the HTC Desire HD. These devices are all a little older than some would expect to be receiving ports. But if the HTC HD2 can get it, newer devices should be able to as well....

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Former Writer · Jul 19, 2012

Bootloader Customization Now Open to More S-Off HTC Devices

Not too long ago, we brought you news that allowed HTC EVO 4G LTE users to customize their bootloaders. The process was pretty cool, allowing users to make their bootloader look however they want---including making it look unhacked. After the initial project was released, users clamored for this to be made available to more devices. The requests were heard and responded to. Now, the plugin has been made available to make the bootloader customizer for a number of HTC devices....

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Former Writer · Jul 17, 2012

Flashaholics Essential Pack Makes Flashing Less of a Chore

We've covered various new ways that frequent flashers can back up their applications without using applications like Titanium Backup or MyBackup Pro. However, while the alternative methods may work better in some regards, they just can't replace the classics in all situations. There is a new method on the HTC Desire HD that looks very promising, though. The method is known as the Flashaholics Essential Pack. Put together by XDA Senior Member strawmetal, the Pack uses AROMA Installer to allow...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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FallenWriter · May 23, 2012

HTC ICS Update Schedule Released

One of the most common questions here at XDA over the past several months has been, "When will my HTC device receive Ice Cream Sandwich?" Now, thanks to a tip from XDA Senior Member neoofoox we have our answer. Although we previously mentioned the devices confirmed to get ICS from HTC's blog back in March, it was only recently that HTC finally confirmed their timeline for this year's releases. According to HTC: What is the overall timeline of Android 4.0 updates?...

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Former Writer · May 22, 2012

GPS Tweaks for the HTC One S

It feels as thought the quest for better GPS reception and faster GPS locks has been ongoing for a very long time. However, Android users can actually do something about it, as fixes and tweaks to improve GPS have been forthcoming on virtually every rooted Android plagued by GPS woes. While not strictly having any GPS issues to begin with, the HTC One S now joins the fray with a few tweaks to help improve GPS for users. The tweak, originally...

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The-Captain · May 21, 2012

Sense 4.0 Builds Come to Desire & Desire HD

HTC Sense 4.0 seems to be a love-it or hate-it affair for most users. For those who enjoy its take on the Android UI, it is now available for the Desire and Desire HD thanks to a couple of ported ROMs. Both ports are based on Android 4.0.3 and originally come from the HTC One V, which comes preloaded with HTC Sense 4.0. These releases will thus give you the latest Sense experience, if you are so inclined. The port for...

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Former Writer · Apr 23, 2012

Desire HD, G2, Desire Z, and MyTouch 4G Froyo Downgrade

The trend over the last month or so on XDA has been getting a number of devices downgraded so they can get to a bootloader that can still be unlocked with S-Off. Those devices are, of course, almost all HTC devices ever since the release of HTCDev, which unlocks the bootloader while maintaining S-On. In the march of obtaining S-Off, a few devices have already had a contingency plan in place to get users down to a software version that can...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 13, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This Week in Development, new comer Jordan covers all the exciting stories you need to know from the XDA-Developers forum. In addition to Android's possibly inadvertent fail, he covers ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X, and HTC One V ROMs being ported to the Desire S and Desire HD. Jordan mentions the addition of a forum for the HTC One V. Additionally, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's CASUAL and Shelr articles are discussed. The strangely addictive Crazy Birds game and an Android VNC are...

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Former Writer · Apr 8, 2012

HTC One V ROM Ported to the Desire S and Desire HD

With the release of new Android devices, it is inevitable for their software to get ported to other devices from the same OEM. We've brought you some of this recently with the Xperia S UI being ported to various older Xperia devices. With every new generation coming out, it's going to end up on an older generation device, one way or another. For the HTC Desire S, that time is now. XDA Senior Member proxuser has ported over a ROM...

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Former Writer · Mar 22, 2012

Desire HD Tools and Themes for CoreDroid

When an XDA forum member goes off on a modding spree and makes a whole bunch of cool stuff, it's always a good time for users looking to make their devices look cool and behave better. This is especially true when the mods are released simultaneously, and users can just browse the thread like kids in candy stores looking for their perfect combination of mods. XDA Senior Member rayford85 has released a number of modifications for those carrying the HTC Desire...

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